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1. General

* Wear neutral colours while on game drives; khaki, olive-green, grey, brown so as to blend in with the environment.

* Bring binoculars - one pair per person.

* Bring sufficient memory cards for your digital camera (and spare batteries). Some camps have 220/240V electrical supplies for recharging video and digital camera batteries, but others do not.

* Read up about the country you are visiting - familiarise yourself with the local climate, customs and cultures.
* Please use water sparingly - water is a scarce resource.

* When you pack your bag please bear in mind the luggage restrictions of 12kg (26lbs) on light aircraft transfers and 20kg (44lbs) on scheduled airline flights.

* Is Africa a good destination for families / how old must children be?
Africa offers great value for families and is one of the most exciting and rewarding holidays you will ever take. Although some of the camps and lodges do not take children under twelve years and children under five years are generally not allowed on game drives (or you may be required to reserve a private vehicle), it also depends on the maturity of the child.  They need to be able to sit quietly in an open vehicle and behave when sharing a small camp with adults and not wander off on their own.  They will also need to obey the instructions of your safari guide if you go into the bush on foot or by boat. Africa Exclusive will advise you on the best options for your family safari.

* Is Africa safe?
Yes, Africa is as safe as any other travel destination. Safari destinations are usually a long way from human habitation.  Your safety is of paramount importance. When you are with a trained guide you have absolutely nothing to worry about.  Your guide is trained to understand the animal’s behaviour, and will never put his guests in any threatening situation.
 
2. Health

* Malaria
Please consult your doctor as to which malaria prophylaxis you should take.

If you become ill on your return, please ensure that your doctor knows you have been in a malarial area and does everything to establish that your illness is not malaria.

Malaria is not a serious problem if you are sensible and take basic precautions. There are very few incidents of travellers, who have taken preventative measures, contracting malaria.

* Other Health Issues

Travellers to Africa should start with basic long term health protection and includes vaccinations against Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Yellow Fever. It is compulsory in Kenya and Tanzania to be vaccinated for Yellow Fever. You may be asked for an inoculation card on arrival at the airport.

Please check with your local travel clinic for advice on other health rquirements.

Bring sunglasses, sunscreen (SPF15 or higher) and preventative medication (where appropriate). Wear sunscreens and cover up during the hottest time of day - between 11am and 3pm.

 3. Insurance

It is a condition of booking, that the sole responsibility lies with the guest to ensure that they carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover themselves, as well as any dependants/travelling companions for the duration of their trip to Africa.

* Baggage & Money Insurance

It is advisable to take out baggage and money insurance, especially if you are carrying a lot of cash or expensive and valuable camera equipment. You should always carry such equipment as "carry-on" luggage. Do not put anything of value in your checked-in baggage!

* Cancellation and Curtailment

You might have to cancel or curtail your journey due to unforeseen circumstances. If for any reason you cancel a trip close to departure date, you could lose the entire cost of your holiday. Should you have to leave before your holiday is finished, we cannot refund you the cost of the portion of the package you do not complete. In the eventuality of this happening, insurance may cover you, depending on the reason for cancellation and curtailment.

* Claims

If you anticipate an insurance claim upon your return, be sure to document as accurately as possible any accident, injury or loss. Doctor’s notes and police reports will aid any claim.

* Health Insurance

It is compulsory to have medical insurance cover for the period of time you are away.
 
4. Money

If you are on a fully inclusive pre-paid safari you shouldn’t need much more than for bar bills, tips and souvenirs.
US Dollars or the local currency are the preferred currency. In some countries other currencies are nearly impossible to use or exchange. Travelers cheques should be accepted by most lodges but neither lodges nor banks will exchange them for cash.

Credit card and cash point machine facilities are available in the urban centres. But many remote locations will not accept them due to limited banking facilities in those areas.

5. Passport & Visas

International visitors require a valid passport together with onward travel documents.

If travelling to South Africa then guests must please ensure that their passport is valid for at least 6 months after their entry date and that they have a minimum of 2 blank pages (if there is insufficient space in the passport then entry will be denied) in their passport to enable the entry visa to be issued. The above passport advice/requirement is advisable for all travel abroad.
If a father (or mother) is travelling with his (her) children alone then a letter of consent, certified by their local police, must be signed by the mother (father) and carried with them.

Please ensure that you have all the necessary visas prior to departure (unless available on entry).
 
6. Satellite & Iridium Telephones


Telecommunications in the urban areas are easily accessible but you may be visiting in very remote parts of Africa which may not have telephones.

An increasing number of travellers are bringing satellite phones along with them. As most people come on safari to “get away from it all”, we feel that it is considerate to follow some guidelines on the use of satellite phones:

* Please ensure the ring tone is kept at a low volume to avoid disturbing other guests.
* Please use your phone in the privacy of your room and not any of the common areas: dining room, bar/lounge area, or on any of the vehicles or on game drives.
 
7. Wildlife

* It is important to note that Africa’s wildlife is just that – wild.

* In many places there are no fences and potentially dangerous animals can wander through. Attacks by wild animals are very rare, however.
Please listen to your safari guides and hosts. The safety precautions need to be taken seriously.

* Don't go wandering off on your own, approach animals on foot, or leave your vehicle to do so, unless you are with a qualified guide.

* Don't swim in rivers unless your guide recommends it. Crocodiles, hippos and bilharzia are potential dangers.

* Always observe animals silently and with a minimum of disturbance to their natural activities. Loud talking on game drives can frighten the animals away.

* Never attempt to attract an animal's attention. Don't imitate animal sounds, clap your hands, pound the vehicle or throw objects. Erratic movements will frighten or disturb the wildlife.

* Please respect your host-driver-guide's judgment about proximity to lions, cheetahs and leopards. Don't insist that he take the vehicle closer so you can get a better photograph. A vehicle driven too close can hinder a hunt or cause animals to abandon a hard-earned meal.

* Litter tossed on the ground can choke or poison animals and birds and is unsightly.

* Refrain from smoking on game drives - no smoking. The dry African bush ignites very easily, and a flash fire can kill animals.

* Don't feed animals or birds (especially baboons and hyenas).

* Don't buy products made from endangered fauna or flora.

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TRAVEL ADVICE

All our safaris ensure that you will be in the company of informed, experienced and responsible safari guides. To ensure your luxury African safari holiday is everything you dream of we ask that you take a moment to consider our travel advice.

1. General
2. Health

* Malaria
* Water
* Other Health Issues
3. Insurance
* Health Insurance
* Cancellation and Curtailment
* Baggage & Money Insurance
* Claims
4. Money
5. Passport & Visas
6. Satellite & Iridium Telephones
7. Wildlife

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